Minnesota Hits the Road for Ohio State and Indiana

Gophers head back to Big Ten action

The No. 3 Golden Gophers return to Big Ten action when they hit the road this weekend. First, the Maroon and Gold will meet No. 5 Ohio State on Friday night (6pm CT) before moving onto Indiana on Sunday afternoon (1pm CT).

Live Video: Gopher All-Access

No. 5 Ohio State, coached by Tom Ryan, comes into the weekend with a 7-1 overall record and a 1-1 split in league competition.

Siblings Logan and Hunter Stieber are the backbones of the team, each remaining undefeated on the season. Logan is riding a 15-0 run, while Hunter boasts a 20-0 record.

Led by head coach Duane Goldman, Indiana has made a 6-3 start to the season (0-1 B1G). Just before the new year, the Hoosiers competed at the Midlands tournament and placed 19th out of 56 teams.

Redshirt sophomore Taylor Walsh led the squad with a fourth-place finish at 157 lbs. He went 5-2 at the event to improve his season record to 21-6.

After two days of competition at the Southern Scuffle, the Gopher wrestling team finished in fourth with 139.5 total team points. Despite failing to crown a champion at the event, Minnesota was able to post other top finishes with Tony Nelson,Logan Storley, and Chris Dardanes placing second. Kevin Steinhaus and Nick Dardanes finished third in their respective weight class brackets.

Building off of a 32-2 record from 2011-12, heavyweight Tony Nelson was able to build to a 41-match win streak, before falling to Dom Bradley (Missouri) in the finals of the Southern Scuffle. Regardless, Nelson ranks among the school’s best, as the impressive mark is the fourth-highest accomplished by a Gopher in program history.

After missing the first half of the season due to injury, Dylan Ness returned to the Gopher active roster in Chattanooga, Tenn. The redshirt sophomore defeated Jordan Dix (The Citadel), Ryan Dunphy (Cornell), and Luke Frey (Penn State) at the Scuffle, before falling in the semifinal round to No. 4 Cole VonOhlen (Air Force). Ness’ reputation from last year garnered him the No. 5 individual ranking in his welcome-back debut.

Tabbed as the No. 4 174-pounder at the beginning of the season, Logan Storley has worked his way up to the No. 2 spot, posting a 13-1 record on the season.

After missing three duals due to injury, Storley came back to place second at the Scuffle. He pinned then-No. 2 Penn State’s Matt Brown but fell in a tight 7-6 decision to reigning No. 1 Oklahoma State’s Chris Perry.

Head coach J Robinson will not travel for Minnesota’s dual meets this weekend due to a knee infection. It will be the first time Robinson has missed in 27 years with the program.

Robinson said he is very disappointed to be missing this weekend’s meets, but that he is looking forward to being back coaching the Gophers once the infection is cleared.

Minnesota Wrestling is looking ahead to this season’s dual match against Big Ten foe Iowa on Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. in Williams Arena. This is by far the biggest event of the wrestling season with the largest, loudest crowd there in support of the Gopher grapplers.

Currently, Minnesota is ranked as the No. 3 program in the nation with Iowa on its heels at No. 4. Both the Gophers and the Hawkeyes boast nine wrestlers ranked among the nation’s best.

The Minnesota wrestling team will host its annual Gopher/Hawkeye dual in Williams Arena this year on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 3:00 p.m. Don’t miss your chance to see the epic rivalry in person! Tickets are available now online at www.mygophersports.com

With a win over North Dakota State at the Bison Quad, Minnesota Wrestling marked its 900th program win. The Gophers join an elite club, becoming only the sixth collegiate program in the nation to reach the magic number. Minnesota joins the ranks of Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Oregon State, Springfield College (Mass.) and the University of Iowa.

Juniors Tony Nelson and Kevin Steinhaus have been named team captains for the current season, each receiving the honor for the second year in a row. Nelson and Steinhaus were voted to guide the team after proving leadership and excellence both on and off the mat last season.

Head Coach J Robinson has developed an environment of excellence that has seen Minnesota rise to elite status in college wrestling. He now has the school record to prove it. With three victories at the Bison Quad, Robinson surpassed Wally Johnson as Minnesota’s all-time winningest coach. Now, after an 8-1 start to the season, Robinson holds an overall record of 396-130-4 in 27 years at the helm.

Fans will get the opportunity to watch two Gopher duals live on the Big Ten Network; Illinois (Jan. 21) and Iowa (Jan. 26). Both of this weekend’s matches will be available for viewing on the Big Ten Digital Network and Gopher All-Access. In addition, February’s home dual against Michigan State, will receive air-time as well.

Fans  will be able to follow all the action this year through the Dual Day Live. GopherSports will be running a blog for each home event this season. Blogs are available at http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m-wrestl/spec-rel/game-day-live.html.

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